Leigha Senter is a licensed genetic counselor and associate professor at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute where she has specialized in cancer genetics risk assessment for 17 years. She has more than a decade of research experience with a primary focus in BRCA gene-related projects with more than 80 peer reviewed publications.
Senter is a member of the advisory board for FORCE, an advocacy group for patients with hereditary cancers. She’s a past member of the Board of Directors of National Society of Genetic Counselors and is currently the associate director of OSU’s Genetic Counseling Graduate Program and associate director of the Division of Human Genetics.
"I knew when I started my graduate program at Pitt Public Health that I wanted to be a genetic counselor, of course, but I had no idea that a career in academics was in my future," said Senter. "It was at Pitt that I developed a clinical curiosity and a foundation in public health disciplines that has served me well in the years since. While I begrudgingly took the required courses in biostatistics and epidemiology, I now sing their praises as I write research proposals and grants as a principal investigator."
Senter loves being a genetic counselor, and appreciates that academia provides her the opportunity to participate in education and scholarship in addition to her clinical activities. "It’s very fulfilling to be in a profession that is actively evolving and have the chance to contribute in a meaningful way. It certainly never gets boring."